The Eye

By Rae Armantrout b. 1947 Rae Armantrout
These brown piles
of stubble

hills

have failed.

They should be more

                       •

It should be difficult
but not impossible

to transmute
latitude

into a thought

a god could
hold.

                       •

Barred light:

dunes coming on
and on.

                       •

The eye, yes,
must move

to prevent
blank spots

from making themselves
known.

Source: Poetry (March 2013).

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This poem originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

March 2013
 Rae  Armantrout

Biography

Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the interior and the domestic. Her short-lined poems are often concerned with dismantling conventions of memory, pop culture, science, and mothering, and these unsparing interrogations are often streaked with wit. “You can hold the various elements of my poems in . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, The Body, The Mind

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

SCHOOL / PERIOD Language Poetry

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